History’s Alive in Lewes
Catch the Ferry for Three Great Ways to Discover Lewes
Lewes, DE - Looking for an adventure in history? This summer, take a trip on the Cape May – Lewes Ferry time machine to discover and experience historic Lewes! With a choice of two different guided trolley tours or a guided walking tour, the Ferry and The Lewes Historical Society offer three great packages to learn about Lewes’s role in history as the “First Town” in the “First State.”
“As the First Town in the First State, Lewes is steeped in history,” says Nikky Fisher, Lewes Terminal manager. “We’ve got your ticket to intriguing historical sites, fascinating museums lighthouses, World War II bunkers and observation towers, cemeteries, historic architecture, maritime monuments, and much more! No matter which adventure you choose, Lewes history will not disappoint.”
"The Lewes Historical Society is pleased to partner with the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to offer tour packages for patrons to explore historic Lewes,” remarked Mike DiPaolo, Executive Director of The Lewes Historical Society. “We invite you to discover historic destinations in downtown historic Lewes learn fun facts about our region’s maritime history, and experience history as it comes alive."
On the guided Lewes Museum walking tour, available every day except Sunday through September 15, you can take a stroll down the historic streets of Lewes and see houses from the 1800’s that still hold their original foundation. With all the old doctor’s office, general store, schoolhouse and house museums, it will feel like you have been brought back in time. Take a look into The Lewes Historical Society’s buildings and learn about the people that lived there and events that took place in Lewes that made history. This package includes round-trip foot passage aboard the ferry and shuttle transportation to and from Lewes, Delaware and admission into the Lewes Historical Society Complex, Cannonball House Maritime Museum and the Zwaanendael Museum- featuring artifacts and sunken treasure from the HMB DeBraak, the English Navy brig-rig that sank off the Delaware cost in May 1789.
Every Monday through August 26, guests can explore the many maritime historic landmarks of Lewes during the new Maritime Trolley tour. The tour will go into Cape Henlopen State Park to point out observation Towers, Fort Miles, the various lighthouses and ice breakers. Then the trolley will travel through Cape Henlopen Drive to go over the Cape Henlopen Reporting Station and Quarantine Station, the Menhaden fishing industry, Delaware Pilots, Lewes Beach, followed by a drive by of Lewes in Pilottown Road to point out the Overfalls, the Lewes Life Saving Station and the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. The tour guide will also go over the role of Lewes in the War of 1812 and discuss pirates and shipwrecks. This package includes round-trip foot passage aboard the ferry and trolley transportation to and from Lewes, Delaware. Guided by a representative of the Lewes Historical Society, the Maritime Trolley Tour lasts about 60 minutes.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through September 12, the 40 minute Historic Lewes Trolley Tour is guided by a representative of The Lewes Historical Society, who will point out the many historic highpoints of Lewes. Learn about the history, the architecture, and the people who have lived in Lewes and helped shape the picturesque city it has become. This package includes round-trip foot passage aboard the ferry and shuttle transportation to and from Lewes, Delaware, and a guided trolley tour.
The Ferry departs from Cape May at 9:30 a.m. for each of these tours and again at 11:00 a.m. for the Historic Walking and Guided Trolley tours. The trolley tours have a limited capacity so please call our Guest Services Center at 800-643-3779 to make a reservation. The costs for each of these packages are $25.00 for adults, $18.00 for kids 6-13, and FREE for children under the age of 5.
About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than forty million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2012, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers.
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